How to Make a Microsoft Sam Beatbox

Microsoft Sam is a text-to-speech computer voice that comes bundled in versions of Windows from XP through Windows 7. Some Windows users have discovered that, by inserting certain strings of text into the text-to-speech preview box, they can create what amounts to a synthesized voice beatbox (a beat that a person makes with his voice). You can use a few different text strings in the preview box to help create certain sounds for Microsoft Sam (or Microsoft Anna, for Windows 7 users) to perform.

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Open the Start menu, and type "text to speech" in the search box.

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Click the option titled, "Change text to speech settings."

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Clear the text out of the box labeled, "Use the following text to preview the voice."

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Type a few of the following strings of text to get the corresponding beatbox sound:

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Bme - "B" sound Bfe - "Pff" sound Tsse - Closed high-hat sound Bmmmmm - Bass sound Kxxe - Snare sound

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Place a comma after each sound to keep them going in a beat.

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Click the "Preview Voice" button and enjoy your Microsoft Sam beatbox.